1 Corinthians 12:12-31
1 One Spirit
2 One Body
Conclusion – For prayer and reflection
1 One Spirit
Verse 13, “…and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”
“all were made to drink” – Why?
The body of Christ, and each member of this body, has life by this Holy Spirit because we are all “made to drink it” as we enter into new life in Christ. This is the life of the Creator. There is only one Creator.
Spirit baptism. See Acts 1:4-5
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
“But wait” (or “tarry” in the old bible version). Why was that so important? Why wait for this experience?
There are a number of reasons and I have heard, a number of them preached, and usually the same familiar selection of reasons. But today I want to point out some lesser mention reasons.
By drinking of this one Spirit of God we are:
- All drinking of one common draft. There is no other God, no other Holy Spirit, no other way than the way of Jesus. There may be great friendships in this life, yes and it might be with those who have not yet entered into the new birth by trusting in Jesus and becoming a member of his body, but membership of his body is fellowship like no other. Relationship!
- Joined to each other by our common nourishment and source of life. Our unity!
2 One Body
We were baptised by the Holy Spirit into one body. Only one body! Not a separate body for Jew and Gentile – something that Paul felt the need to point out to the believers in Ephesus. Only one Gospel, one way to the creator God, one baptism.
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
But what does a body do? As we ask ourselves this question can we hear from God a reply that gives our life a purpose?
Every relationship we have is to be considered in the light of mission – our mission – our purpose.
What is our purpose? What answer do you come to when replying to the question, “What am I for?”
Verses 25-26 speaks of the members of the body having a care for eachother. See Galatians 6:1-2 where Paul, writing to believers in Galatia invited them to support one another. He used spoke about bearing one another’s burdens and he used a building term – buttress.
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
See also Ephesians 2:6-10
6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
For prayer and reflection: What am I for? Your answer should influence every choice you make, every decision, every relationship.
Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-6, “…to the praise of his glorious grace.”